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Forum: European Armoury Today, 02:28 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
"...a silver sword? well thou shalt have that too...

"...a silver sword? well thou shalt have that too , now hast thou everything".
-VANBRUGH, 1705



This is a beautiful example of...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 01:43 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Here is an example of the similar type...

Here is an example of the similar type knife(example B) Jim Bowie used at the Sandbar fight, which was actually a blacksmiths rasp ( for shoeing horses) filed into a blade. It was given to him by...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania Yesterday, 09:33 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As noted, Shamil was the leader of the Sufi...

As noted, Shamil was the leader of the Sufi Naqshbandi order in their resistance to invading Russian forces in what were often termed 'The Murid Wars' (Murid was the term for disciples in this...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 09:08 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Based on an example I have (attached), I would...

Based on an example I have (attached), I would say this is English, first quarter to mid 18th c. The blade on mine seems a cut down hanger blade, the fluer de lis, while suggesting French, also is...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 07:38 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As with most sword 'lore', things fall out of...

As with most sword 'lore', things fall out of context or become contrived to embellish or 'explain' various matters or items. In the duel noted here, Jarnac used a strike behind the knee which...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:50 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As well noted by Marius, the 'duels' shown in...

As well noted by Marius, the 'duels' shown in 'The Duelists' have NOTHING to do with sport fencing, though obviously training in the use of the sword was achieved through fencing. While technically...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:04 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As Ariel has noted, the 'industry' of creating...

As Ariel has noted, the 'industry' of creating representations of traditional weapons is well known in Afghanistan, particularly in Khyber and Northwest province regions, and has been since mid 19th...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 04:00 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Philippine Sword?

This is one Ive had for years, but really no idea what it is....the significance of the face etc. . Way not my area, so could use some help. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2021, 08:48 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I think I best qualify what I mean, 'modern'...

I think I best qualify what I mean, 'modern' suggests perhaps end of 19th c.
The hilt is indeed unusual with the quillons being this close in, a characteristic which in many ways reminds me of Arab...
Forum: European Armoury 11th June 2021, 08:26 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Just viewed the movie scenes from "The Duelists"...

Just viewed the movie scenes from "The Duelists" (1977), which was a fantastic movie! one of my favorites. Actually, I saw it in the theater in 1977 when it came out, and I was actually talking...
Forum: European Armoury 11th June 2021, 07:57 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The cut vs. thrust note was quite accurate and...

The cut vs. thrust note was quite accurate and the thrust invariably did result in fatality mostly as the puncture of organs, hemorrhaging and peritonitis resulted. Napoleon was said to have called...
Forum: European Armoury 11th June 2021, 06:22 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
It is hard to place hard numbers on sword type...

It is hard to place hard numbers on sword type based on surviving examples or holdings in museums or collections, so estimating the actual presence of the colichemarde in circulation as discussed can...
Forum: European Armoury 10th June 2021, 11:18 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent topic! Deriving from the discussion...

Excellent topic!
Deriving from the discussion of the 'colichmarde' blade, which in generally held tradition was named for the Count von Konigsmark of Sweden. This soldier of fortune had come to...
Forum: European Armoury 10th June 2021, 06:06 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This response by Keith is virtually 'the tip of...

This response by Keith is virtually 'the tip of the iceberg' regarding the true history of these swords and types he has uncovered in the several years he has been researching for his book on the...
Forum: European Armoury 9th June 2021, 11:28 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Very nice example, and I would agree, early 18th...

Very nice example, and I would agree, early 18th century most probably, and French if so assessed. I'm not sure of the Lhost reference, but have no reason to disagree as he is a well regarded writer...
Forum: European Armoury 9th June 2021, 08:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
A fascinating example, and indeed cut steel type...

A fascinating example, and indeed cut steel type maxime, probably English and 1790s. It was the sunset of the small sword, but its influences held in the hilt stylings in numbers of military swords...
Forum: European Armoury 9th June 2021, 08:35 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
You are exactly on the right track Dmitry! and...

You are exactly on the right track Dmitry! and hope I might place what I have found so far to see if you concur.

According to the late AVB Norman, "The Rapier and the Small Sword 1460-1820"...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2021, 07:13 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As Fernando has noted, the full guard was often...

As Fernando has noted, the full guard was often seen as a problem with chafing (of the uniform) so these were cut down, or as noted, the folding guard was created.
After Waterloo, the M1796 hilts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2021, 07:00 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Geography India

In this map of India, which might help clarify 'tulwar areas'

From the upper 'Central Provinces' northward are regions of the tulwar, with Rajasthan the primary production center for hilts. Often...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2021, 06:41 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
tulwar hilt forms

I wanted to add the 'Deccani' type tulwar mentioned in my previous post.
This hilt has what is termed 'Persian' style (=shamshir) hilt.
What I would note here is that 'tulwar' is an Indian...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2021, 06:07 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Well, that makes two of us Fernando! I didnt...

Well, that makes two of us Fernando! I didnt notice them at all, and I only knew of the 'spadroon's' from the 1786 pattern (which I had forgotten as well, good thing the Capn is aboard!) which I know...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2021, 02:33 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I guess it comes down to, just WHAT includes...

I guess it comes down to, just WHAT includes South India...........the tulwar (Indo-Persian hilt as commonly known) was simply NOT used south of the Deccan. The only exception was that Tipu Sultan of...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2021, 02:22 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Capn, thank you for noticing this!!!! I totally...

Capn, thank you for noticing this!!!! I totally missed the fixtures for that which is obviously missing. bonk!
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2021, 02:20 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Kubur.:)

Thank you Kubur.:)
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2021, 02:14 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I think you are onto an important observation...

I think you are onto an important observation Norman, the absence of the urn pommel as noted did not suggest the M1796 pattern infantry officers sword. Also, as Mark astutely noted, these 'fixtures'...
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